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Ikenga

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Ikenga

It is not 
sickness that I
am afraid of
It is not 
disease that 
makes
me tingle
It is not the 
number of 
days
months and 
periods I go
hungry that 
makes me 
shiver

It is your 
demise
that makes 
me dizzy

I never knew 
I had this 
feelings
for you until 
now
I never knew 
how
invaluable 
you are until
the eyes of 
my pen  was 
opened
I never knew 
I was living 
with a god 
in the form of 
a man
I never knew 
I was dining 
with a human 
God

many people 
think  your 
death 
is a serious 
tragedy to this
land
many think it 
is the wrong 
time for
our hero to 
die
many are 
already 
envisaging
retribution in 
the land
but a few 
persons 
know that
you are not 
dead

my family 
loves you
my kindred 
adores you
my villagers 
reverence 
you
my town 
cherishes you 
and 
my state 
magnifies you

The news 
about your
demise 
infuriated me 

an epitome  
of  peace
has  departed
literature par 
excellence
is gone
quintesscence 
of justice 
is gone
aboard of 
wisdom
is gone
Ojezuru mba
has passed on


Even the 
dead are 
aware
that you are 
a paragon
"We don't 
need you 
here
now"... They 
quipped
"those over 
there  are 
wailling"
they repeated

Why must this 
tree
that has no 
replica
be allowed to 
fall?

It is well
Even in the 
well

You are ever 
revered
the great one

Ije oma


A tribute to a 
great literary 
scholar,
Chinua 
Achebe. 



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